Tuesday, July 11, 2006


Radio ad spending and demographics move up

I found this interesting.

The 25 to 54 demo is now attracting 63% of all national radio ad dollars according to the Q3 report from Canadian Broadcast Sales (CBS). Fifty percent of the spending during that period was directed towards the general demo with the remaining dollars targeting women 25 to 54 (8.7%) and men 25 to 54 (4.7%).

From Media In Canada.


The Audies: 2007 Call for Entries

Well, it's that time of year again for entries for the 2007 Audies. The Audies is the annual awards competition recognizing excellence in audio publishing and is sponsored by the Audio Publishers Association (APA) in the States. There are 31 categories, including three new ones this year. Any title released between November 1, 2005 and October 31, 2006 is eligible. Winners are announced at the Audies Gala on June 1, 2007 in New York. The first entry date is due August 11, 2006 for all books published between November 1, 2005 and July 31, 2006.

Find more information and a copy of a call for entries here.

Monday, July 10, 2006


The Business of Voice Over

Well, now that summer is finally here for real, it’s a bit of a battle – work in the garden or diligently make people aware of my voiceover services - that never ending search for the right organization, and the right person within that organization, who could make use of my voiceover services. As any savvy voiceover talent knows, the creative part of the job, the fun part of making those words on the page come alive, is just a small part of the business.

I've been busy investigating new ways to get my message across. I've had some fun over the past weekend creating copy and design for a magnetic sign to put on my car. A small thing maybe, but anything that gets my name out there can't hurt, I figure.

I've also put up some new, longer audio book demos on my website giving examples of various different genres. Take a listen.

But my biggest, ongoing battle it seems is the one I mentioned above - finding the right organization ,and the right person within that organization, who hires the voice talent. I put it out to you here - if you know of organizations and people who hire voice talent - let me know! In the meantime, I keep following up on lists and contacts I find wherever I can.

It's just so difficult to stay inside by the computer instead of enjoying the beautiful weather (well, it wasn't today - it rained and thundered all day!).

Here's a couple of versions of the sign design:

Click on the pictures above to get a bigger version. The actual sign will be 24"x12". Let me know which one you prefer.

Okay, based on some early critiques, here's a third version. It may never end!!!

Thursday, July 06, 2006


Some More Pictures

I've been keeping busy with the Toronto Photography Meet-up Group (TPMG) having attended 4 shooting events in the past while. Last night's was the most successful for me so far. We wandered down Roncesvalles, a street in southwest Toronto. I had never been to the area before. It was quite interesting - it's on the border between Parkdale (not the most desirable area) and High Park (which is a lovely area of the city) so you have a real mixture of 'types' on the streets.

Of course, I haven't been neglecting the garden which seems to change on a daily basis.

So here are a couple of the latest shots:

I don't remember these lilies ever being so beautiful as they are this year.

And here's a shot of the whole garden:

Now for some shots I took last night:

To see more of these pictures as well as some more from previous TPMG shoots, you can visit my Flickr site.

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